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									  Anxiety        What is Anxiety?                                Panic Disorder is characterized by having
                                                                 panic attacks; periods of intense fear that
                                                                                                                       and when it affects you. Also pay attention
                                                                                                                       to what helps you manage your anxiety.
                                                                                                                                                                       • refer people to self-help programs and
                                                                                                                                                                         specialized services for managing and
                 Anxiety is a psychological                      often strike without warning. Symptoms may          • Focus on something interesting and                treating anxiety
                                                                 include: shortness of breath, tight chest,            engaging: a hobby, a project, an activity       • provide support and education about
 EMPLOYEE        response to a feeling of fear, and              racing heart and dizziness.                           that you enjoy.                                   anxiety
ASSISTANCE       as such, is an important ‘alarm                 Generalized Anxiety Disorder is                     • Take good care of yourself by practicing
                                                                 characterized by unrealistic or excessive                                                             Resources
                 system’. Sometimes however,                                                                           relaxation, eating well and getting plenty
 PROGRAM         we can get an overwhelming
                                                                 worry about routine life events, for at least six     of rest.                                        Suggested Reading
                                                                 months. Symptoms may include: irritability,         • Exercise regularly.                             • 10 Simple Solutions to Panic. Martin
                 sense of dread and fear for no                  nausea, insomnia, muscle tension and fatigue.
                                                                                                                     • Avoid beverages that contain caffeine.            Antony and Randi McCabe
                 apparent reason.                                Phobias are divided into two categories:                                                              • 10 Simple Solutions to Worry. Kevin
                                                                                                                     • Avoid alcohol and drugs.
                                                                 social phobias, which involve fear of social                                                            Gyoerkoe & Pamela Wiegartz
                                                                 situations and specific phobias, such as fear of    • Surround yourself with support. Spend
                 Some Facts About Anxiety                                                                              time with your spouse, children, parents,       • The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook. E.
                                                                 heights or fear of flying.
                 • Everyone experiences anxiety at times.                                                              colleagues, friends and neighbours.               Bourne
                 • Although anxiety feels uncomfortable, it      Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can affect                                                             • The Anxiety Cure. Robert Dupont
                                                                                                                     • Slow down. Don’t over-commit to doing
                   cannot harm you.                              individuals who have survived or witnessed a
                                                                                                                       things.                                         • Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. Susan
                                                                 severe trauma such as war, assault, accident
                 • Occasions such as public speaking or a job                                                        • Try not to over think situations.                 Jeffers
                                                                 or a natural disaster. Symptoms can include
                   interview can lead to feelings of anxiety.                                                                                                          • How to Stop Worrying & Start Living. Dale
                                                                 reliving the event, nightmares, depression and      If these strategies for managing your anxiety
                 • Learning about anxiety helps you to           irritability.                                       are not working for you, get professional help.     Carneigie
                   understand it and therefore manage it.                                                            The main approaches used to manage                Organizations and Websites
                                                                 Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a
                 • The more you know about anxiety, the less     condition in which people experience                anxiety are:                                      • Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba:
                   fear and shame you will feel.                 unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or rituals       • cognitive behavioural therapy                     204-925-0600
                 • When anxiety is intense or prolonged it can   (compulsions) which are difficult to control.       • medication                                      • Anxiety Disorders Clinic at St. Boniface
                   disrupt lives.                                Obsessions involve a fear of contamination or                                                           Hospital: 204-237-2335
                                                                                                                     • a combination of both
                 • Severe anxiety is estimated to affect         fear of leaving something undone that may
                                                                                                                     General methods will include learning about       • Anxiety Disorders Clinic at Health Sciences
                   approximately 1 in 10 people.                 cause harm (ex: leaving the stove on) while
                                                                                                                     the mechanisms of anxiety, learning relaxation      Centre: 204-787-3345
                 • Learning to manage anxiety can reduce         compulsions include excessive hand washing,
    Resilience                                                   organizing or repetitive checking.                  techniques, challenging anxious thoughts and      • Anxiety BC Self-Help Toolkit:
                   symptoms and allow people to lead more                                                                                                                www.anxietybc.com
                                                                                                                     facing fears.
Empowerment        satisfying lives.
                                                                 Managing Anxiety
  Compassion                                                                                                         We Can Help.                                      Employee Assistance Program
                 Anxiety Symptoms and Disorders                  It is important not to disregard symptoms that
                                                                 may indicate you are experiencing anxiety in        The Employee Assistance Program can:              3rd Floor – 55 Donald Street
                 Symptoms of anxiety can be physical,                                                                                                                  Winnipeg, MB R3C 1L8
                 emotional or behavioral. They might include:    your life.                                          • help people identify symptoms of anxiety
                                                                                                                                                                       Telephone: 204-945-5786
                 racing heart, tight chest, rapid breathing,     If you believe that you are living with anxiety,    • help people develop a plan of action for
                                                                                                                                                                       Toll Free: 1-866-669-4916
                 nausea, insomnia, muscle tension, fatigue,      the following suggestions may be helpful:             managing anxiety
                                                                                                                                                                       Fax: 204-948-2298
                 irritability, inability to concentrate and      • Get to know your anxiety. Acknowledge it                                                            TTY: 204-948-3401
                 disinterest in life.                              when it comes. Pay close attention to how

								
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